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For I Have Loved You From the Start Or: In the Beginning Was the Song of Songs

—from Three Philosophies of Life by Peter Kreeft (pp. 102-103) The first and most obvious thing Song of Songs says about love it says in its very title: that love is a song. Now this is an image or symbol, of course. Love is not literal, physical song, though it naturally expresses itself in that […]

The Daily Grind and Sanctity

Spectacular heroism, even martyrdom, is easy; the daily grind is hard. Many can respond to emergencies heroically; few can keep up their charity day to day, especially when no one notices. That’s why picking up a scrap of paper for the love of God can be more of a proof of sanctity than martyrdom. —from […]

Lust vs. Love, Pt. 3: The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Face of God

St. Thomas says that the only thing strong enough to overcome an evil passion is an even stronger good passion. Sex addicts seldom have a clear picture in their minds of the beauty of continence, as Augustine has here. They see continence as merely negative, as the mere absence of sex. Similarly, addicts to war […]

Lust vs. Love, Pt. 2: Pleasure Alone Is Not Enough

C.S Lewis says: For me the real evil of masturbation [would] be that it takes an appetite which, in lawful use, leads the individual out of himself to complete (and correct) his own personality in that of another (and finally in children and even grandchildren) and turns it back: sends the man back into the […]

Lust vs. Love, Pt. 1: The Definitions and Differences

Lust is not true love for three reasons. First, it is selfish: what we love is not the person but the experience. Second, it is only animal love; it does not rise to the level of reason and free will. Third, it is not subject to God and His will and does not intend to […]

“But who do you say that I am?”

The central problem of the century is also the central question of our lives. The problems of poverty—like the problems of keeping peace—will never be finally resolved in this life. But we recognize the central question: the question that allows for a simple, definitive, declarative answer. “But who do you say that I am?” [Mt […]

That Abortion Is Wrong Is Not a Matter of Faith

There are those—including those running for political office—who consider abortion to be a matter of faith. They will even say that they are personally opposed to abortion but that they have no right to impose this religious belief on other people. But this is clearly wrong. That abortion is wrong is not a matter of […]